9 Reasons Why Spam Became Hawaii's Most Beloved Food
By Megan Shute|Updated on July 06, 2023(Originally published July 05, 2022)
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
In Hawaii, there is perhaps only one food that is more engrained in the island culture than pineapple – and that Hawaiian food is Spam. This quintessential canned ham product manufactured in Minnesota was introduced to the islands during the 1940s, and it has become a wildly popular staple food across the islands. There is even an annual Spam festival in Hawaii! If you’re curious how Spam became so popular in a location approximately 4,000 miles from its origins, read on find out just why is Spam so popular in Hawaii.